Benjamin Steeper ’19 is climbing the tree of knowledge

Ben Steeper arrived in Ithaca from Hawai‘i on a freezing day in January 2016, dressed in slippers and a t-shirt. Ben had long dreamed about attending an elite university like Cornell, where he hoped to be surrounded by “influential, creative people.” He is the first person in his family to attend an Ivy League school. … Read more

Bryan Scanapieco ’19: No regrets

Bryan Scanapieco, a first-generation student in the College of Arts and Sciences, began his Cornell career intending to study physics. His high school physics teacher inspired him to enroll in physics for three of his four years of high school. He also encouraged Bryan to apply to top-tier schools, including Cornell. Scanapieco’s mother moved to … Read more

Challenge accepted, challenge completed

Cornell alumni, parents, and friends gave a total of nearly $22 million in endowed scholarships to boost the university’s financial aid and strengthen its commitment to “… any person … any study.”

Timely and far-reaching

The scholarships created early last year as part of the recently completed endowed scholarship challenge are already benefiting several students. For two of them, in particular, the scholarships came at crucial times.